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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    Its horribly slow. Don't bother trying to race a Prius, the Prius will win by a significant margin. It ranks as one of the slowest vehicles I've ever driven, something like 12+ seconds to do 0-60. Right with the Jetta 2.0L and the Mitsubishi Mirage.
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    I've driven it, it drives as horrible as it looks. Actually no, scratch that, it drives worse than it looks.
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    News: Scion FR-S Sales Volume In Freefall Mode In America

    As someone who owns the car, for me it does what it needs to do. It provides me with fun to make up for the hopelessly slow and boring Toronto commute. Its practical enough for my purposes where I can make use of the rear seats. However I will note that this car does fill only a specific niche...
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    Bye Bye Accord...- rickhamilton620's car search thread....

    That Cressida has the 7M-GE, that engine is unfortunately prone to blowing a head gasket. Lovely car, but if that's the original engine and original head gasket, its a matter of when it'll happen as they all seem to suffer. So for your purposes, no.
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    Up here in Toronto, I think most of these end up as garage queens due to being a convertible. One of the dealers that visits our lot has one and his looks fine as far as rust is concerned. I've never seen a car of this level ever rust to that degree, whereas a 1st generation Mazda 3 definitely...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    The Mirage is a absolutely awful car. One of the slowest I've driven, its really noisy, the body roll is so bad it can be induced almost the very moment you turn the wheel, its not made very well, its not that safe in a crash and the brakes are really spongy and not very responsive. I don't see...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    Today, we sent our drivers to deliver a Chrysler Town & Country, Mazda 3, Hyundai Elantra and a Mercedes B250 to a buyer. Only one failed to make it...if you guessed the Mercedes you'd be correct. Apparently the stupid thing overheated in a matter of minutes, not to mention it had the lowest...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    Both are terrible. Most Daimler era Chryslers struggle to show any redeeming features apart from very low OTD pricing. I guess one way to show the Patriot/Compass are worse is to choose something that isn't that good but uses similar stuff to a Patriot/Compass and yet is better...like a...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    I find the stock suspension tolerable(apparently the FRS is the softer of the two). No this is far from the softest cars I've ever driven, but fortunately its also not the most uncomfortable car I've been in either with regards to ride. I had a headache on Wednesday and the roads I normally...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    With the subcompact cars, particularly hatchbacks they seem easier to sell here than the US which is why I'm not as surprised about that, ie. Toyota Matrix, apparently its impossible to sell it in the US whereas here they're relatively common. Usually however when it comes to midsize vehicles...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    I do find it odd that our tiny market retains this as an option rather than the US...and yet the vehicles we're getting are being made in Indiana. Once the Tribeca goes away, it seems Subaru Canada is the only automaker that can say it still offers manuals for every model.
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    Technically...you could buy a Canadian spec 2015 Legacy/Outback as the base and touring model does retain a 6-speed manual. Although I'm guessing its a bit more costly as US cars are generally cheaper and Canadian taxes apart from Alberta are on the high side.
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    Unveiled: Possibly The Fugliest Car Of Recent Times - Toyota FCV

    I'm afraid its every automaker these days who makes loads of dreary rubbish. I personally like Toyota, they can make really good stuff, I personally consider my Cressida better than most of the cars I've driven even to this day. Of course I've driven stuff from them I really don't like, the...
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    Ownership Verified: I finally made up my mind on a car, My 2009 STi.

    If you go through the effort to remove these chips, after the repairs invest in a clear bra to protect those very areas to ensure you don't have to invest so much into that again. When I got my FRS, I paid about $1500 to cover pretty much the entire front and a few exposed bits in the rear. If...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    No worry, that Jeep will run out of fuel and need a tow long before it gets a flat. I've never seen a fuel gauge on a vehicle move as quickly as any Chryslers with the 3.7L V6.
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